Mazda officially unveiled the fourth generation Miata MX5 roadster on September 4, 2014 in Monterey, California in the US. The fourth generation Miata MX-5 will be some 100 kg (220 lb) lighter than its third generation predecessor the NC, thus putting the vehicle's estimated curb weight somewhere around just 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Here are some of the main facts about the new Miata.
In comparison to the past three generations, this latest MX-5 has the smallest footprint of the lot, measuring in at 105mm shorter, 20mm lower but 10mm wider than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has also been reduced by 15mm as well as front and rear overhangs cut by 90mm
Not since the first-generation MX-5 has Mazda’s roadster been this light. Mazda is yet to reveal the actual kerb weight of its latest open-air model, but claims it’s up to 100kg lighter than the current model, thanks to greater use of aluminium (now for the guards, bonnet, boot lid and bumper brackets).
Mazda has been very, very quiet on naming engine options for its ND-series MX-5, but there have been rumours. Of course, it will be petrol powered, in the form of SKYACTIV-G power, and will be offered with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Word is the new 'Miata' will be offered with a choice of 1.5- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder power, which, in conjunction with the weight savings on offer, will make it one of the fastest MX-5s offered since the turbocharged SE and SP variants.
Designers Derek Jenkins and Julien Montousse said the styling of the new MX-5 was critical, not just because thousands of customers the world over were expecting them to “get it right”, but because of the new Fiat roadster product that will be drawn from the same mould.
They said the design team took Mazda’s KODO Spirit of Motion design language to extreme lengths in its first application on a convertible, adding that the new look will inspire many new models to come.
The cabin is a more familiar story. Most features and tech have been lifted straight from the Mazda 3, so the floating infotainment system and swivel wheel control are nothing new, but it's still a beautifully finished and driver-focused cabin. The bonnet has been lowered, and the A-pillars and windscreen have been moved rearward and made thinner to give a better view of the road ahead. Headrest speakers are a new feature, however.